US Army's Black Hawk chopper may soon fly without a pilotStaff writer ▼ | November 4, 2015
As the US military works toward more autonomous capabilities, the Army has come one step closer to making the infamous Black Hawk unmanned.
Technology To make the infamous Black Hawk unmanned
Conducting tests at Sikorsky’s Aircraft Development Flight Center, an autonomous Black Hawk successfully delivered an amphibious all-terrain vehicle.
"[The helicopter] came in, picked up [the AATV], flew five to seven kilometers in an air route, delivered it to a ground location and released it," said Paul Rogers, director of the Army’s tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC), according to Defense One.
The self-flying rotorcrafts come equipped with Sikorsky’s new hardware-and-software package known as Matrix, which improves the helicopter’s self-steering capabilities.
But the test also displayed Sikorsky’s improvements with autonomous ground vehicles. Once delivered, the AATV conducted its own tests, and managed to coordinate remotely with the Black Hawk. ■